Supernova 1987A within the Large Magellanic Cloud

Supernova 1987A within the Large Magellanic Cloud

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News release ID: STScI-2017-08
Release Date: Feb 24, 2017
Image Use: Copyright
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Supernova 1987A was discovered in 1987 within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring galaxy to our Milky Way. The bright ring around the central region of the exploded star is composed of material ejected by the star about 20,000 years before its demise. Clouds of hydrogen gas surround the supernova, fueling a firestorm of star birth.


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Astronomical, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Stars, Supernovae, Supernova Remnants

Credits

NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and M. Mutchler and R. Avila (STScI)